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Facebook Launches AI Lab in Montreal

Facebook Launches AI Lab in Montreal”

"The Montreal lab will house research scientists and engineers working on a wide range of ambitious AI research projects, but it will also have a special focus on reinforcement learning and dialog systems", Facebook stated in a blog post. Joelle Pineau, a specialist in artificial intelligence at McGill, will head the research center. Pineau has previously designed algorithms that assist robots in learning new procedures, reasoning with themselves and planning approaches to problems.

Pineau will be joined by fellow researchers Pascal Vincent, Michael Rabbat and Nicolas Ballat, and Facebook expects the team to grow to around 30 researchers.

It is noted that Facebook outside of the U.S. there is only one such centre in Paris. READ NEXT:AI-powered face recognition: Should we be anxious?

As we've done at other FAIR sites, FAIR Montreal will engage with the broader research community through publications, open source software, participation in technical conferences and workshops, and research collaborations. "We are excited to become part of this larger community, and we look forward to engaging with the entire ecosystem and helping it to continue to thrive".

The news of the creation AI lab announced the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

This is Facebook's first research and development investment in Canada and its fourth AI research lab. Growing numbers of companies are beginning to choose Canada as a base for their AI research efforts.

After the giants Google and Microsoft, it is the turn of Facebook to take on québec's expertise in the area of artificial intelligence. Uber Technologies Inc. came north in a similar move earlier this year. The company intends to triple that figure in the coming years, indicating a long-term commitment to harbouring an AI research group in Montreal. "They will now have an opportunity to do this right here in Montreal".



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